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Britain’s last stand

Until 1947, Kolkata, India, was home to its British rulers, and lots of colonial architecture still stands

By DENIS D. GRAY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

This article was published April 22, 2018 at 2:17 a.m.

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This vast early 19th-century mansion, modeled after a stately home in England, was once home of the British viceroy who ruled over India. The house and grounds is now seat of the government of West Bengal State.

If you go

OBEROI GRAND HOTEL: 15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-kolkata. Rooms from $170. CALCUTTA WALKS: 9A Khairu Place, calcuttawalks.com. Heritage Walk is $30 per person.

TIPS: Best international air connections through Bangkok or Delhi. Best time to visit: November through February.

Tiles no longer produced in the United Kingdom grace the walls of a Kolkata building which began life as a bank in 1831 and later served as India’s fi...

A bust of Queen Victoria with the body of a sphinx peeks out from behind branches in Kolkata, India. Kolkata is full of relics of Britain’s Victorian ...

One can buy almost anything on the streets of Kolkata, a chaotic but vibrant city of 15 million people where the old and new coexist.

A lion statue, symbol of British imperial power, still stands out in Kolkata, India. The city was the colonial capital of India until 1911.

This popular cafe in Kolkata, India, draws a steady flow of customers for its famed chai, or spiced tea, and buttered toast. Kolkata is a paradise for...

A vendor displays what is said to be some of Kolkata’s finest organic honey next to the 17th-century Writers’ Building.

KOLKATA, India — The British left footprints across their far-flung colonial empire from Toronto to Yangon. But nowhere is there as vast and varied a collection of heritage architecture than in Kolkata.

If you go

OBEROI GRAND HOTEL: 15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-kolkata. Rooms from $170. CALCUTTA WALKS: 9A Khairu Place, calcuttawalks.com. Heritage Walk is $30 per person.

TIPS: Best international air connections through Bangkok or Delhi. Best time to visit: November through February.

Tiles no longer produced in the United Kingdom grace the walls of a Kolkata building which began life as a bank in 1831 and later served as India’s fi...

A bust of Queen Victoria with the body of a sphinx peeks out from behind branches in Kolkata, India. Kolkata is full of relics of Britain’s Victorian ...

One can buy almost anything on the streets of Kolkata, a chaotic but vibrant city of 15 million people where the old and new coexist.

A lion statue, symbol of British imperial power, still stands out in Kolkata, India. The city was the colonial capital of India until 1911.

This popular cafe in Kolkata, India, draws a steady flow of customers for its famed chai, or spiced tea, and buttered toast. Kolkata is a paradise for...

A vendor displays what is said to be some of Kolkata’s finest organic honey next to the 17th-century Writers’ Building.

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